Update: Jenkins Headed To Prison, Assigned Public Defender

By: The Associated Press, WOWT contributed to this report Email
By: The Associated Press, WOWT contributed to this report Email

Convicted killer Nikko Jenkins will have lawyers representing him when it's decided whether he should face the death penalty.

Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon decided to reappoint lawyers for 27-year-old Nikko Jenkins after accepting his no contest pleas last Wednesday.

Bataillon also ordered Jenkins be transported to the Department Of Corrections in Lincoln where he will await the decision of the 3 judge panel who determine whether or not he will face the death penalty.

Bataillon wrote in court documents that he decided to reappoint lawyers because of the complexity of the death penalty sentencing process. "This Court finds that the Defendant is not competent to represent himself in these matter. As such, the Court hereby appoints the Douglas County Public Defender to represent the Defendant in all further proceedings in this matter."

Jenkins had been representing himself in court for the past several months. During that time, the Public Defender has been advisory counsel to him.

Bataillon deemed Jenkins competent to stand trial and represent himself during trial.

Jenkins has been convicted of fatally shooting Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger in three separate shootings over 10 days last August after his July 30 release from prison without supervision.


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